Immigration detention centers in the U.S. are managed by three agencies: Customs and Border Protection, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and the Office of Refugee Resettlement.
A Sacramento Bee opinion piece calling for the closure of immigration detention facilities due to COVID-19 was coauthored by a member of a movement dedicated to the abolition of all immigration detention facilities, not to mention all prisons in the United States.
A human rights activist at the University of Washington has started a court case to obtain federal government records on migrant youths detained on behalf of ICE at the Cowlitz County Youth Services Center in southwest Washington.
The Washington Post has featured a GAO report highlighting problems faced by pregnant women detained in ICE facilities. It is argued that we cannot allow our compassions for others to overwhelm and replace the primary requirement for homeland security.
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has issued a proposal for construction of a new immigrant detention center in Evanston, Wyoming. This would be relatively close to the Salt Lake City Immigration Court. Immigration activists are predictably objecting.
An ABC News report features an advocacy group for doctors, which is campaigning for provision of free influenza vaccinations for migrants detained at the border. The doctors characteristically show no evidence of concern for or awareness of homeland security issues.
The GEO Group and U.S. Department of Justice have sued California over Assembly Bill 32, which would phase out contractor detention facilities. They argue that AB-32 violates the Supremacy Clause of the U.S. Constitution, which makes federal law the supreme law of the land.
The House Committee on Oversight and Reform has sent sweeping requests for information to private operators of ICE detention facilities. In light of recent developments, it seems that the committee is searching for information that could be useful to them in the future.
On July 30, 2019, U.S. Customs and Border Protection Acting Commissioner Mark Morgan testified before the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, describing how his agency has been overwhelmed by the immigration crisis.
In the opening statement of his testimony before the Homeland Security subcommittee of the House Committee on Appropriations, ICE Acting Director Matthew Albence makes the case for increased funding for ICE law enforcement operations.